Royalty and Ambassador Applications Now Available – Due May 10

2019 Royalty and Ambassador applications are now available on our website! Deadline to apply is May 10.

New this year:

  • The Muskingum County Cattlemen’s Association has transitioned from the Beef Queen & Princess to Junior and Senior Ambassador.
  • The Junior Fair Board voted to add a Prince and Princess contest for youth 12-15 years old.

Beef Ambassador
Dairy Princess
Goat Ambassador
Equine Queen & Princess
Junior Fair King
Junior Fair Queen
Junior Fair Prince
Junior Fair Princess
Poultry Ambassador
Pork Ambassador
Rabbit Ambassador

Bring the World Home through Ohio 4-H!

Looking for some new fun and educational excitement this summer? How about hosting a boy or girl from Japan in your home for 3½ weeks? (July 24 – Aug. 18) The Ohio 4-H International Program is offering hosting opportunities to 75 families around the state, and Japanese youth on the other side of the world are anxiously waiting to learn who their new family might be! Host families should have their own child aged 10-15 who will serve as the main host sibling. Families will be matched with a Japanese youth of the same gender and approximate age. Special trips and activities are not required. The focus is on everyday family life. Host families provide lodging, meals, and any family activities. Medical insurance is provided. Youth bring money for personal spending (gifts, souvenirs, etc.) For more information, please visit Ohio 4-H International or contact Mary Lynn Thalheimer at or 614-247-8162.

Family Handbooks – The First Stop for 4-H Information!

Every Muskingum County 4-H family should have received a 2019 Muskingum County 4-H Family Handbook (green cover).

If you did not receive one, please contact your 4-H volunteer or stop by our office to get one! It is also available on our under 4-H Youth Development>2019 Family Handbook.

The handbook contains a lot of information that families often ask questions about: general rules, project judging and exhibition requirements, quality assurance, youth opportunities and the 2019 calendar.


Reminder: Small Animal Fun Day – Saturday, April 20

The Goat, Poultry and Rabbit Committees are working together to put on a fun and engaging clinic on Saturday, April 20 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Veteran’s Building at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds. This event will take place after Quality Assurance, which is scheduled from 9-10:30 a.m.

The event will kickoff with some species themed games and then youth will have the opportunity to attend a hands-on clinic to gain knowledge on the species of their choice. There will also be door prizes!

Topics to be covered:

  • Goat – Health, Nutrition, Hoof Trimming, Grooming, Showmanship Basics
  • Poultry – Barn Orientation, Feeding & Starting, Showmanship, Biosecurity, Classes
  • Rabbits – Barn Orientation, Nutrition, Diseases, Showmanship

This is a great learning opportunity for youth who are enrolled in a goat, poultry or rabbit project this year – from those who are in the project for the first time to those with experience who interested in learning something new.

Ohio State Fair Scholarship Deadline is April 15!

If you exhibit at the Ohio State Fair and meet the scholarship eligibility requirements, don’t miss out on this scholarship opportunity!

In an effort to recognize outstanding Ohio youth and to help those interested in furthering their education, the Ohio Expositions Commission has established a scholarship program. The purpose of these scholarships is to assist high school juniors and seniors (2018-2019) and graduates who are continuing their education at an accredited institution in an undergraduate course of study in any field.

Available scholarships include seven Endowment Fund scholarships; 3 Jr. Fair Beef Cattle, 3 Jr. Fair Swine, and 3 Jr. Fair Sheep Exhibitor scholarships, 2 Jr. Fair Poultry, 2 Jr. Fair Dairy Cattle Exhibitor and 2 Jr. Fair Horse Exhibitor scholarships; 1 Jr. Fair Dairy Goat, 1 Jr. Fair Boer Goat, 1 Jr. Fair Rabbit, and 1 Jr. Fair Dog Exhibitor scholarship; and 3 Jr. Fair Exhibits & Activities scholarships. All of the scholarships offered are $1,000 each, except for the Governor James A. Rhodes Junior Fair Endowment Fund Scholarship which is $1,500.

Scholarships will be awarded to junior exhibitors during the Ohio State Fair. Applicants will be judged on scholastic standing, citizenship and leadership, Ohio State Fair participation, county fair participation, and financial need. Completed applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2019.

Scholarship information and the application can be found at

Ohio Military Kids Update

2019 Events for Military Families

On behalf of the Ohio Military Kids Program of Ohio 4-H and Ohio National Guard, we would like to thank you for your continuous support as we celebrate April as the “Month of the Military Child”! The 2019 event season is quickly approaching! We have a variety of events; from workshops, to weekend camps, to a week-long camp held in August. To view the list of all of our 2019 events and for registration information, please visit our website!

OMK is always welcoming youth or adults who are looking for volunteer hours, especially if they are from Ohio 4-H! We have several opportunities for people to volunteer and support our program. To best serve our military families, we need enthusiastic and motivated volunteers for events. Please visit our website to see these opportunities.

Please visit to see all of the program updates and share with military families of any branch.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kayla Oberstadt at

2019 Equine Education Night

When:   Monday, April 29

Where:  South end of Jr. Fair Building (Please enter the end closest to the poultry barn)

Time:     6:00 p.m.


Pizza will be served

Door Prizes for Attendees

Bring your own chairs



  • Dr. Brian Williams, All About the Animals Veterinary Clinic General Health Practices for your horse
  • Tiffany Pattison, Cargill Animal Nutrition Body Condition Scoring, weight taping, and selecting proper nutrition for your horse
  • TBD Farrier Proper care of your horse’s hooves

As a 4-H member taking a horse project this year, your attendance is strongly encouraged!

Sponsored by the Muskingum County 4-H Saddle Horse Committee

OSU Youth Welding Workshops

Back by popular demand!

OSU’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, in partnership with American Welding Society-Columbus Section, Lincoln Electric, and HETEN Engineering and Laboratory, are pleased to offer TWO Youth Welding Workshops this year:

  • Saturday April 13, 2019 – registration deadline is April 8.
    (same day as OSU Spring game; FREE parking)
  • Saturday June 8, 2019 – registration deadline is May 24.

Cost = $90/participant

Age of participant = 10-18

Location = OSU Columbus Campus, Agricultural Engineering Building

Choice of one welding process: Arc (‘stick’) welding OR Oxy (‘torch’) welding.

Registration includes:

  • Practice pieces of metal
  • Welding related supplies
  • Welding technique handouts
  • Lunch for youth participants

NO experience necessary. The instructors are looking forward to help youth learn!

Registration is limited to the first 24 participants for EACH TYPE of welding.

Scholarships ARE available –please see details in the flyer, which is linked below. We ask you reserve your spot(s) with a credit card; and if awarded a scholarship, you will not be charged (similar to reserving a hotel room).

On-site registration opens ~8:30AM the day of the welding workshop. The program will begin promptly at 9AM. The day will likely conclude by 4PM.

NO PARENTS/GUESTS allowed in the welding labs. There will be an informal program during the day for parents/guests, or you are welcome to enjoy the Spring games in Ohio Stadium.

This year, we have ONLINE registration (preferred method):

SPACE IS LIMITED. Once the first workshop is full, we will defer participants to the June 8th workshop. PLEASE be diligent when selecting your preferred date. 

Linked here are the additional details, and options for hard copy/mail in registration.

For the April 13 workshop, if you DO NOT register online, please contact Dr. Dewey Mann ( to verify space is available. If space confirmed to you by Dr. Mann, you will bring this form with you to registration (DO NOT MAIL).

Teachers, and/or certified/trained/self-taught welders: Please let us know if you have INTEREST in serving as an instructor at one of these workshops.

Participants need to bring or wear industrial-quality eye protection, long sleeve shirt, long pants (100% cotton pants such as jeans are best, NO cotton/ poly bend such as athletic pants), and high-top foot protection (No open-toe shoes, sandals, etc.).

Please contact Dewey Mann with questions.

Thanks in advance, and we look forward to seeing you at the workshops!